Brian Bull


Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   In his 25 years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (15 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's Next Generation Project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists.  He's been a guest faculty instructor at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.  He's served as chair for Vision Maker Media, which supports authentic programs and documentaries produced by Native Americans.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. If only someone had warned him about the grass seed pollen every spring!  Bull is married and has three children, and five cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the decades with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with Sacramento-area mentees done in collaboration with Capital Public Radio:

Ways to Connect

Tracy Arthur has been a traveling registered nurse for nearly two decades.  This year she found herself on the front lines once COVID-19 reached the shores of the U.S. and began spreading.  More than a quarter million of Americans have since died from the disease, and Arthur herself was afflicted with the novel coronavirus while working at a hospital in Texas.

This development hit home for KLCC's Brian Bull, Arthur's brother.  What follows is an extended interview about her fight against COVID-19 and how treatment has changed over the last eight months.

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COVID-19 cases are at record highs across the country. And no one knows that more than the doctors, nurses, and other health care workers on the front lines. And many – like Tracy Arthur – have also become infected with the novel coronavirus. This story hits close to home for KLCC’s Brian Bull, who’s Arthur’s brother. He talked to her about her ordeal with COVID-19, which led to her hospitalization recently in a Texas hospital. Arthur described when she realized something wasn't quite right.

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The head of a Eugene relief group says COVID-19 has canceled some fundraising events and disrupted others.  But their efforts are not wavering.

A crowd protesting Governor Brown’s two-week “freeze” gathered in Springfield this Saturday. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, concerns were raised over how the police responded to the crowd’s lack of pandemic protocols. 

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This year’s commercial Dungeness crab season typically starts at the beginning of December. But that’s been put off by at least two weeks.  

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State officials say recreational razor clam harvesting is now closed from the Columbia River to the California border.

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In past years, the Eugene Mission has done a blow-out Thanksgiving feast for people who are low-income or homeless. But  the pandemic has changed those plans.

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To date, the City of Eugene has received nearly $8 million in federal coronavirus relief funds. The bulk of it went to the Emergency Operations Center.

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This Friday (November 20)  will see the virtual premiere of a new Native American theatre company in Eugene.

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A Eugene hotel -among other sites - could become a shelter for people displaced by the Holiday Farm Fire. 

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Eugene Police are seeking tips on further possible victims of a man sentenced on sexual abuse charges.

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People in eight Oregon counties affected by this year’s wildfires can have debris and ash removed for free.

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The dirge of propaganda, half-truths, and lies seems to be normalized, from the White House podium to your online chat page. But there are ways to counter this problem.

Reports of a bear trap found in Hendricks Park aren’t accurate, an official says.

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The outpouring of support for Oregon wildfire victims was strong following September’s destruction. But  some fear awareness is waning, just as winter nears. 

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Winter is coming…and for residents of the McKenzie River Corridor, that means further hardship on top of the Holiday Farm Fire that destroyed more than 400 homes in September. But helpers are preparing in advance.

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The following is an extended interview with former KATU-TV News reporter Paul Linnman, conducted by KLCC's Brian Bull just ahead of the 50th anniversary of one of Oregon's oddest incidents: the controlled demolition of a sperm whale carcass that washed ashore in Florence.  The blast propelled heavier-than-expected chunks of rotting, rancid blubber into the sky, and Linnman into viral fame that lasts to this day.

Photo provided by Paul Linnman.

50 years ago this Thursday, (Nov. 12), the detonation of a dead, beached sperm whale in Florence ended in chaos. Instead of blowing up into fine fragments, the corpse rained back down in large chunks. 

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This Thursday (Nov. 12) marks the golden anniversary of one of the oddest incidents in Oregon history: the explosion of a dead whale in Florence.  The journalist who covered the story is still talking about it 50 years later.

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The perception that most homeless people are from out of town isn’t accurate, says a local official charged with analyzing the issue.

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With the pandemic and natural disasters taking an economic toll, it’d be an understatement to say 2020 wasn’t a boom time for most business owners.  As the holiday retail season gets underway, hopes still run high in Lane County for the rest of the year.

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Local activists with Black Unity are celebrating Joe Biden’s defeat of Donald Trump, albeit with measured optimism.  The group held an event tonight to discuss the election’s outcome.

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Last week, we discussed the predicted onslaught of misinformation and disinformation about the 2020 Election with Damian Radcliffe. He’s a journalism professor at the University of Oregon. He and KLCC’s Brian Bull revisited the issue, post-Election Day. Bull started by asking Radcliffe just how rampant the propaganda attack was from his perspective.

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Eugeneans have given incumbent City Councilor Emily Semple another term for Ward 1.

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Reports of a six-and-a-half ton peanut rolling through Eugene have proven true. No, it’s not a new ridesharing company called “Goober”…rather, it’s a nutty draw for a more serious cause. KLCC’s Brian Bull cracks the story.

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As counting continues in the Presidential Race, several hundred people held a “Rally for Democracy” event outside the federal courthouse in Eugene today. 


A defiant Peter DeFazio says voters saw through the GOP’s push to unseat him, despite millions of dollars spent on challenger Alek Skarlatos’ campaign. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on the outcome of Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District Race.

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U.S. Democratic lawmaker Peter DeFazio remains the longest serving member of Congress representing Oregon.  The 73-year-old politician fought off a robust challenge from Republican Alek Skarlatos.

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley has won re-election for the Oregon seat he was first elected to in 2008.  He beat Republican Jo Rae Perkins, who made national news this year for her support of the wide ranging but discredited QAnon internet conspiracy theory and “science denialism” during the pandemic.

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In the final hours before voting officially ends Tuesday night, political parties are pushing last-minute “get out the vote” drives.